This account is in two parts: German Hymnody to the end of the 19th century, by J.R. Watson ; German Hymnody in the 20th century, by Cornelia Kück. The Appendix is by J.R. Watson.
‘German hymnody surpasses all others in wealth.’ This is the opening sentence of the article on the topic in JJ (p. 412), and there is no reason to question it, certainly with regard to the modern period (Latin hymnody has an equal claim if all ages of Christian hymnody are under consideration). The writer (Philip Schaff*) allowed himself a lyrical introduction, which is worth repeating:
Many of these hymns, and just those possessed of the greatest vigour and unction, full of the most exulting...
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